At What Age Is Your Child Ready for Cosmetic Dentistry?

At What Age Is Your Child Ready for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dad with young son who may need cosmetic dentistry treatment in West Haven, CT or Milford, CT

Nothing warms your heart quite like seeing your kid smile with confidence. But if your child avoids smiling out of shame, even happy occasions can be tinged with sadness.

If your son or daughter isn’t happy with his or her smile, what can be done about it?

Fortunately, there is a dental solution for everything. But it is important to first ensure that your child is old enough.

Orthodontic Treatment

Teeth move better in young mouths, so childhood is actually the best time to seek treatment for a straighter smile. As young as seven, your child should see an orthodontist to determine what kind of treatment they may need.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth bleaching holds a natural appeal to youngsters who want a brighter smile instantly. Whitening is best done with the supervision of our West Haven dentist. Professional treatments are effective and gentle enough to work on almost any healthy smile.

Kids’ adult teeth often look yellow when they first come in, so wait until your child is around 12 years old to make sure that they’re really ready for whitening.

Onlays, Inlays, and Crowns

Crowns strengthen broken teeth. Someone could need a crown at any age. Onlays and inlays are placed like crowns but cover less surface area, rather like a filling. They’re also made from beautiful tooth-colored porcelain for an aesthetic, natural finish. However, the permanent cosmetic versions of these restorations are only for adult teeth that are fully developed. Temporary white options may be available for primary (baby) teeth.

Veneers

Veneers cover up deep stains, chipped edges, or rough enamel on the upper front adult teeth. Once your son or daughter has all of their adult teeth and wants to make a permanent change to one of their teeth, they may qualify for this cosmetic treatment.

The mid to late teens is a good time to start discussing veneers. It is a permanent change, so your child must be responsible enough to care for and maintain their restorations for years to come (and be aware of the cost of replacing them one day.)

Implants

Implants are the best solution for permanently replacing lost teeth. But they can only go into a mouth that’s fully matured. Most teens are still developing, so it’s better to consider implants once your son or daughter has reached at least 18 years of age.

For more tips, schedule a cosmetic consultation for your child at Shoreline Dental Care. We have two convenient locations in Milford, CT and West Haven, CT.